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Quick news: CHS Fine Arts Festival scheduled Sunday

Published: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 11:02 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 11:04 a.m. CDT

The second annual CHS Fine Arts Festival will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Creston Middle School commons area. (This is a change in location from last year.)

Attendees will hear performances of CHS jazz band, CMS jazz band, solo and ensemble winners, winterguard and award-winning CHS drumline.

Student art and woodworking projects will be on display. Admission is $5. Desserts and drinks will be served.

County: Park Ranger house bids drafted

Union County Conservation Director Doug Jones presented three bid packages to the Union County Board of Supervisors for a modular home, walkout basement and septic system for the Three Mile Lake park ranger residency project. The park ranger — who is currently Joe Mayhew — serves as a full-time supervisor for the heavily-used recreational area.

Jones said the Union County Conservation Board plans to review the three bid packages. Contractors will have 25 days to respond and a formal bid opening process will be scheduled with the Supervisors. Final figures on the cost of the new residence will be available after the contracts for the three bids are signed. Construction is expected to start in July.

County: Hog confinement public hearing slated

Union County Board of Supervisors will have a public hearing at 10 a.m. April 14 in the Union County Courtroom for an expanding an existing swine confinement facility.

Rockin G Ranch Site in section 6 of the Spaulding Township is proposing a 2,480 head, deep pit swine finisher barn. Supervisors were notified March 21 of the hog confinement expansion by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

A public notice, matrix evaluation and county recommendation is required by the county, but a public hearing is not.

Adair County Board of Supervisors was also informed of a swine confinement expansion for Circle G Pork Site in section 34 of the Orient Township. There will not be a public hearing for this proposed expansion. The public can submit written comments to supervisors by 4:30 p.m. Friday.

County: New sheriff’s vehicle discussed

Three bids were discussed for a new vehicle for the Union County Sheriff’s Department during the Union County Board of Supervisor’s meeting Monday. All bids were from local businesses — Creston Automotive, M&M Motors and Stalker’s Chevrolet — and all bids included 2014 models. Supervisors approved the lowest of the three bids from M&M Motors for a 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 for $12,000 with the trade in of another vehicle.

Regional mental health agreement

A 28E agreement for Adair, Adams, Taylor and Union counties was approved by the Union County Board of Supervisors Monday. The agreement establishes the guidelines for the new mental health region that will go into effect July 1. It will be called Southern Hills Regional Mental Health. When the new region starts, all the counties’ monies will be pooled together to pay bills and provide mental health services. Union County Board of Supervisors will act as the fiscal agent for the region.

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